Sunday, 19 December 2010

NANAIMO BIRD REPORT DECEMBER 19 /2010



Evening Grosbeak: Photo by Malcolm.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
FROM ALL OF US AT THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD STORE
COLIN, DENISE, CAROL, CARLO, PAM, NATALIE, NEIL & MARILYNNE
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NANAIMO BIRD REPORT

To report your sightings
phone the Store at 250-390-3669
e-mail us at thebackyard@shaw.ca

Also check the birdstore blog for the latest bird alerts and updates:
www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

Post your sightings on this site:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bcbirdingvanisland/messages

Birding in Central and South America:
www.wildbirdtours.ca

Identify backyard birds:
National Geographic Bird Identifier Site
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/backyard-bird-identifier/

Birds of British Columbia:
http://www.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/SpeciesChecklists.html

International Birdwatching Guides
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com

Birdwatching contacts and information find a local birder to go birdwatching
with: http://www.birdingpal.org/

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number, along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.

Sunday December 19, 2010:
The Sunday bird walk was cancelled this week, because of the drippy weather.

"Correction"-- We Id'ed a bird as a Nashville Warbler on December 04. After examining a new photo of the bird, we determined that it is actually a MacGillivray's Warbler. He is still visiting suet feeders in a backyard in the Maple Glen Estates in Parksville.

Friday December 17:
Thirty-six Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders along Lakeside Drive in the Cinnabar Valley area of south Nanaimo.

Wednesday December 15:
Evening Grosbeaks are visiting feeders along Killarney Place in Nanaimo.

An Bald Eagle was spotted building a nest on the water side of highway 19a near the mini-golf course in Parksville.

Friday December 10:
200 Snow Geese were spotted flying over the 1400 block of Dawson Road in Nanoose Bay.

Tuesday December 14:
The Tuesday bird walk went to the Englishman River Estuary, Shelly Road side. The morning was cloudy and quite cool with a breeze off the water. Among the highlights was the sighting of twelve Brant Geese, California Gulls, Common Loon, Black Turnstone's and a Western Gull near the meeting spot at Parksville Bay. We saw a Hermit Thrush on the trail near a large conifer tree. A large mixed flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Ruby-crowned Kinglets kept us entertained as they moved along the ground feeding. We spotted three Gadwall and three Eurasian Wigeon on the estuary.
Twelve birders saw and heard the following fifty-two species of birds:
Canada Goose, Brant, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Mallard,
Northern Pintail, Greater Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Pacific Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Black Turnstone, Mew Gull, California Gull, Thayer's Gull, Western Gull,
Glaucous-winged Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker,
Steller's Jay, Northwestern Crow, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, House Finch, Pine Siskin and American Goldfinch.

Monday December 13:
Three Common Mergansers and three pairs of Ring-necked Ducks were seen on the Brookwood Beaver Pond near Brookwood Drive in north Nanaimo.

Six Varied Thrush and Two Fox Sparrows were seen visiting feeders in a yard at Brookwood Drive and Woodwinds Street in north Nanaimo.


For further information on these sightings or for help in identifying a bird please
call The Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store
@ 250-390-3669
Toll Free @ 1-888-249-4145
e-mail: thebackyard@shaw.ca
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NANAIMO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
FOR DETAIL CONTACT thebackyard@shaw.ca
or call The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store at 250-390-3669
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and Tuesday mornings. We leave from the Store at 9 A.M. Sunday Mornings and go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville Beach Community Park at 9 A.M. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and
around the Oceanside area.
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The Tuesday Bird Walk on December 21, 2010. will be going to Columbia Beach We will meet at the Parksville Beach Community Park, at the parking area in front of the Lions Playground at 9 A.M. or at the parking area off Admiral Tyron Bld. (turn at Columbia Drive on the ocean side of Highway 19A opposite Windsor Plywood, follow Columbia Drive until you come to Admiral Tyron Bld, turn right go about 100 yards and turn left unto the parking area) at about 9: 15 A.M.
This is the last Tuesday bird walk for 2010.

The Tuesday bird walks will resume on January 04, 2011.( We will be going to Rathtrevor Provincial Park in Parksville)
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The Sunday Bird Walks will resume on January 09, 2011( We will be going to Nanoose Bay)
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD
Wildbird & Nature Store
6314 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, BC V9T 2L8
250.390.36621
250.390.1633 fax
thebackyard@shaw.ca
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG---> www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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